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Tropidosaura essexi HEWITT, 1927

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Essex's Mountain Lizard 
SynonymTropidosaura essexi HEWITT 1927: 378
Tropidosaura essexi — FITZSIMONS 1943: 309
Tropidosaura essexi — FITZSIMONS 1947: 115
Tropidosaura essexi — BATES et al. 2014: 178 
DistributionSouth Africa (SW Natal), NE Lesotho

Type locality: Mont aux Sources (11,500 ft. elevation), Basutoland  
TypesSyntypes: PEM R16094–8 (formerly AMG 5227) 
CommentType not in South Africa fide SAMA catalog (Anonymous 1958). 
EtymologyNamed after Robert Essex who worked as a collector at the Albany Museum when Hewitt was Director there. Essex also described two new Acontias. 
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  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • CONRADIE, WERNER; WILLIAM R. BRANCH, & GILLIAN WATSON 2019. Type specimens in the Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa, including the historically important Albany Museum collection. Part 2: Reptiles (Squamata). Zootaxa 4576 (1): 001–045 - get paper here
  • Cozien, R. J., T. van der Niet, S. D. Johnson, and S.-L. Steenhuisen. 2019. Saurian surprise: lizards pollinate South Africa’s enigmatic hidden flower. Ecology 00(00):e02670. 10.1002/ecy.2670 - get paper here
  • FitzSimons, V.F. 1943. The lizards of South Africa. Transvaal Museum Memoir No.1 (Pretoria), 528 pp.
  • Fitzsimons,V.F.M. 1947. Descriptions of new species and subspecies of reptiles and amphibians from Natal, together with notes on some other little known species. Ann. Natal Mus. (Pietermaritzburg) 11 (1): 111-137
  • Hewitt, J. 1927. Further descriptions of reptiles and batrachians from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. (Grahamstown) 3 (5): 371-415
  • Mouton, P. le Fras N. & Wyk, Johannes H. van 1993. Reptile fauna of the Katse Dam catchment area and a biogeographical assessment of species composition in the Lesotho Highlands. Koedoe (Pretoria), 36 (1): 67-78. - get paper here
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